Wednesday, Revival in Our Churches
And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live...” Ezekiel 37: 3-5
Ezekiel is given a vision by the Spirit of God of a valley full of dry, dead and disassembled bones. As he walked among the bones he probably thought of the current state of the nation of Israel... seemingly lifeless. God then asks the question, "Son of man, can these bones live?" Ezekiel's answer is restrained but revealing. He doesn't respond with a no, although he certainly could have considering he had no previous exposure to something being resurrected. Some conclude his response was lacking faith. Nonetheless, he knew enough of God's character to defer the impossible, to the only one who could make it possible.
So Ezekiel answered, "O Lord God, you know."
Ezekiel knew it was not going to be within his strength that the bones were going to come back to life. This situation exposed the weakness of the prophet but revealed the power of God. Now, the scene changes from a vision of death to a vision of revival.
Because Ezekiel's inability brought him to a place of dependency upon God.
In order for us to see the spiritually dead brought to life in our churches, communities and city we must pray from the posture of complete dependency upon God. Friends, let's remind ourselves that revival isn't manufactured by our abilities; but rather, prompted by prayer. Ezekiel spoke to the bones and God did the rest. So it is with revival, let us speak life over the dead areas and trust that God will do the rest.
Father, we are dependent upon you. We recognize that we need revival and we are incapable of doing this in our strength. You are the only one who is capable of bringing the dead to life, so we ask that You would bring revival to our churches. Move mightily as we seek you. In Jesus name, Amen.